…and other stay-at-home mothers. To some degree it is political, of course: most (although by no means all) stay-at-home moms are, like Mrs. Romney, Republicans. It is partly envy: many women wish they didn’t have to work outside the home. But there is a deeper, philosophical reason for the left’s enmity toward full-time mothers, which the Bookworm Room explains succinctly: they are a critical counterweight to the power of the state:
I am the counterweight to the state. Therefore, I am dangerous. I am subversive simply by existing. My love for my children is a dominant force that works its way into their psyches and that trumps the state-run schools and the state complicit media world. Some mothers, of course, are entirely in sync with schools and media. They happily reinforce the statist message. But those of us who don’t are a powerful anti-statist force and we must be challenged.
In today’s world, as the author notes, being a stay-at-home mother is the ultimate expression of individuality.